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Performer: Yan Pascal Tortelier

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LondonRaising the roof

Raising the roof
Ravel, Gibbons, Muhly, Fauré, Saint-Saëns
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier; James McVinnie
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Iceland Symphony demonstrates its mettle in UK debut tour

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra © Benjamin Ealovega
A bold programme from an orchestra with a bold sound as the ISO trails in the wake of Storm Ciara on its debut UK tour. 
***11
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Shimmering showstoppers in Pittsburgh

Simone Lamsma © Otto van den Toorn
Korngold's Violin Concerto from Simone Lamsma is delivered with extraordinary deftness and depth, while Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances thrill under Yan Pascal Tortelier and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
*****
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Dreams and nightmares from BBCSSO at Sage Gateshead

Yan Pascal Tortelier © IMG Artists
Breezy Ravel from Steven Osborne and a clear warning about the dangers of drug-taking from the BBCSSO at Sage Gateshead.
****1
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Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Gothenburg

Víkingur Ólafsson © Ari Magg
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's tour to the acoustically excellent Göteborgs konserthus in Sweden for a concert of Sibelius, Strauss and Thorvaldsdóttir was an obvious success, demonstrating an orchestral sound that deserves to be heard abroad more often. 
****1
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Penderecki conducts in Montréal

With Penderecki conducting his own work, this concert demonstrated the possibilities of orchestral colour filtered through a post-Romantic lens, but was confronted with issues of balance and refinement.
***11
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